SBS 2003 Setup Steps – book excerpt continues

I am harry brelsford, the author of Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices, and my goal is to post up a few pages per day of my book for your enjoyment. I hope to have the entire book posted by the time SBS 2008 ships.


Harry Brlesford | CEO of SMB Nation |

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SBS Setup

Ladies and gentleman, it’s time to rock and roll, SBS 2003 style!

1.         Insert the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Disc 1 in disc drive and turn on your computer. Boot from the disc (typically pressing any key will do) to do this. The POST stage will complete and the setup character-based setup phase commences (numerous setup files will load for several minutes).

BEST PRACTICE: Immediately after the character-based setup commences at this step, you will note language at the bottom of the screen that asks you to “Press F6 if you need third-party SCSI or RAID driver.”

There are several issues concerning this message. First, if you are using an unsupported SCSI or RAID disk controller, you would indeed press F6 at this point and provide the manufacturer’s driver on a floppy disk. This is straightforward enough. However, I’ve installed SBS 2003 on HP/Compaq systems which had SCSI and RAID controllers without having to hit F6. How can this be, you ask? Easy. The SCSI or RAID controllers were supported by the

underlying Windows Server 2003 operating system with its native drivers (many of which were supplied by leading hardware manufacturers and burned on SBS CD Disc 1). This can also be a function of the OEM setup process used by major hardware manufacturers such as HP/Compaq.

Also note that I assume you have configured the hard disk to be used by the RAID subsystem as I discussed earlier in the chapter. (This is where you add the hard disks to the array using the steps provided by the computer manufacturer during the POST startup in the computer boot phase.)

Note when I installed SBS 2003 on the HP ProLiant ML-350, it had native support for SBS 2003 and pressing F6 was not necessary.

2.            On the Welcome to Setup screen press Enter to setup the server for SPRINGERS.

Welcome to Setup. This portion of the Setup program preparesMicrosoft Windows to run on your computer.

To set up Windows now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows, press F3


3.            The Windows Licensing Agreement screen appears. After reading this license agreement, press F8 to agree to the license and continue. If you don’t agree to the licensing, the setup will terminate.

BEST PRACTICE: At this point, if you are installing on a machine that has a previous edition of Windows Server 2003 installed on it, you would receive a message that you could quit the installation (by pressing F3,) repair the Windows installation (by pressing R), or hit the escape key (ESC) to not perform a repair and proceed.

In the case of SPRINGERS, you would not be confronted with this screen as I assume you are starting with a new server machine that had not previously had Windows installed on it.

4.            Assuming you have a new hard disk, you see the following hard disk partitioning screen. The actual space value (MB) varies depending on how large your hard disk is. In this case with SPRINGERS, the hard disk is a 34 GB RAID array. You will create two partitions based on the configuration information from Chapter 2 (see Table 2-4). The partition for the operating system and core applications will be 10 GB and denoted as Drive C. The data partition (Drive D) will be 20 GB. As you religiously follow the SPRINGER methodology, note how you can vary the partition sizes to reflect your hard disk capac­ity (which might be different from my setup). Also – later on after you’ve completed this book and the SPRINGERS methodology, you’ll want to evaluate that partition sizes work best for you in the real world. I’d always have a 10 GB system partition or larger to accom­modate growth, service pack installations and so on. Meanwhile, back at the SPRINGERS methodology, click C to create a partition (you will first create the 10 GB system partition).

The following list shows existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer.

Use UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.

To install Windows on the selected item, press ENTER.

To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.

To delete the selected partition, press D.


— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — | 34493 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on scsi (MBR) || Unpartitioned space 34493 MB | — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

5.            On the screen below, enter 10000 (that is ten thousand) in the Create partition of size (in MB): field. Press Enter.

You have asked Setup to create a new partition on 34493 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on scsi (MBR).

To create the new partition, enter a size below and pressENTER.

To go back to the previous screen without creating thepartition, press ESC.


The minimum size for the new partition is 8 megabytes (MB). The maximum size for the new partition is 34493 megabytes (MB).Create partition of size (in MB): 10000



6.            On the screen below, press C and create a 20 GB partition which will be the DATA partition (basically repeat the step above to do this). Upon returning, select the new C: drive partition and press Enter to install Windows Server and (in several steps) SBS on the newly cre­ated 10GB (approximately) system partition.

7.            Select Format the partition using the NTFS file system on the screen that appears and press Enter. The formatting process will com­mence and take several minutes. Setup files are then loaded, a reboot occurs, and the character-based phase of the setup commences.

The partition you have chosen is not unformatted.Setup will now format the partition.

Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to move the highlight to the file system you want and then press ENTER.

If you want to select a different partition for Windows,press ESC.

 Format the partition using the NTFS file system(Quick). Format the partition using the FAT file system (Quick).Format the partition using the NTFS file system. Format the partition using the FAT file system.

BEST PRACTICE: Because you are following the beloved SPRINGERS methodology, you will indeed have seen the screen in step #7  above. However, if you were installing SBS in a scenario where you installed to an existing formated hard disk partition, you would not see the screen in step #7 because it would not be necessary to format the partition.

Setup now formats the hard disk partition you have just created. This formatting process takes several minutes. Feel free to get a cup of coffee to pass the time. After the formatting is complete, the computer’s hard disks will be inspected for hard disk errors.

After the initial partition formatting has been completed, numerous Windows Server 2003-related files (.inf, .exe, .dll, .wav, .sys, .fon, .hlp) are copied over to the newly NTFS for­matted partition. A screen will appear briefly, communicating the newly copied files are bein initialized.




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